A novel of searing intelligence and startling originality, Lost in Translation heralds the debut of a unique new voice on the literary landscape. Nicole. Lost in Translation. Nicole Mones, Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN But Alice’s sensuality is just one factor in Mones’s complex portrait of a woman. Lost in Translation Expatriate translator Alice Mannegan spends her nights in Beijing’s smoky bars, seeking fleeting encounters with Chinese men to blot out the.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. The subplot of corrupt government officials following interpreter List, scientist Spencer, and two Chinese anthropologists is present trasnlation enough to be distracting without adding anything interesting.

In the end, no one can live like that, with that illusion. Expatriate translator Alice Mannegan spends her nights in Beijing’s smoky bars, seeking fleeting encounters with Chinese men to blot out the shame of her racist father back in Texas. Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize Kong, on a search for the remains of Peking Man, rumored to have been hidden by none other than the noted theologian and archeologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Lin Shiyang, with whom Alice falls in love.

Involved in the search are 2 Chinese archaeologists, 1 American archaeologist and an American interpreter. I read it in one day, and almost one sitting, if that says anything. She only reluctantly accompanies recently divorced American Adam Spencer and two Chinese specialists, Dr.

China, the past, human love. This novel frequently transitions from the point of view of one character to the other, several times within the same chapter, sometimes within the same page.

In the print edition, these transitions are indicated by a blank line. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat Overall great debut novel!

Its powerful impact confirms the extraordinary gifts of a master nciole, Nicole Mones. There was something very poetic and sensuous in the way the author described things.


May 20, Merty rated it it was amazing.

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To view it, click here. Account Options Sign in. It explores both a culture little understood by outsiders, and the magical pain of romantic and filial love. The cultural, historical, and linguistic details – drawn from the author’s own experiences in China – deliciously enrich the novel. Want lpst Read Currently Reading Read. The only thing that did not work for me, was that at places, the book grew tedious with somewhat long, and perhaps unnecessary descriptions of the landscape and time passing rather slowly.

It is a world in which, each night as she slips from her hotel, she hopes to lose herself forever. From the Trade Paperback edition.

I won’t give away the plot here, but just say that I found this a very satisfying read. The sheer coincidence of the crew just happening to run into people who know vital clues about the treasure is facepalm worthy. It is not unreadable, but I wish Kindle editors are more faithful to the print books. I had a really hard time starting this book. The only similarity is they are both set in Asia, but this book takes place in China, not Japan.

At dawn in Beijing, Alice Mannegan pedals a bicycle through the deserted streets. This fossil discovery of the s was one of the keystones of the regional hypothesis of human evolution. I loved the story about Alice and her desire to stay in China or move back to the U. A most inspiring piece of literature. Her job as interpreter to an Archeaologist was so interesti I would really love the chance to travel to China.

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The book can sometimes be disturbing but it is always entertaining. Love in all its forms—human, sexual, divine, between a nation and its history, a man and his past, a father and his daughter—drives the story to its breathtaking finish. So even though I monees it is good I felt the sense of an author finding a transltaion and sticking with it.


Mones succeeds in integrating archeological history, spiritual philosophy and cultural dislocation into a tale of identity on many levels. The book, from what I have read from papers, and other media, represents accurately the Chinese mindset nocole living conditions.

Feb 06, Velvetink rated it it was amazing Shelves: I look forward to reading A Cup of Light that is also sitting on my shelf. They said some pretty hurtful things to each other but in the end Lin tells Alice that he’ll wait for her, not forever, but he will wait.

Whatever review youre going to read is probably going to be truthful in every aspect, so if it caught your attention read it, but remember books like this are meant for p I oost looking for this book for years. Reading it, This book really surprised me!

It was very slow building but once it got me, it got me.

Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones is set in modern-day China. Mones presents a credible mystery — a clue that could enable the recovery of Peking Man, one of the most important finds in the history of human archaeology.

Lost in Translation

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Very drawn out, no conclusion, and couldn’t wait for it to be over. A novel of searing intelligence and startling originality, Lost in Translation heralds the debut of a unique new voice on the literary landscape.

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